In Parable of Gravity, artist Casey Curran (previously) assembles an unlimited backyard of delicate kinetic blossoms amidst an expanse of decay. The sweeping panorama, which is on view at Seattle’s MadArt by means of April 17, positions Curran’s pulsing plant varieties atop 20 towers of picket scaffolding that line the gallery area. Coated in a thick layer of mud, the tallest buildings scale eight ft on the outer fringe of the set up, the place a human-like determine seems to hover within the air. The nameless physique is roofed within the flowers, that are produced from laser-cut polyester drawing papers and powered by cranks and small motors.
By the maze of backyard plots on the different finish of the area hangs a hole, aluminum asteroid—which is modeled after 951 Gaspra, the primary rocky mass people had been capable of observe intimately because of a 1991 viewing by the Galileo spacecraft. Titled “Anchor of Janus,” the imposing sculpture references each the Roman god and the intricate motifs on Gothic cathedrals and supplies a foreboding, catastrophic lens to the in any other case burgeoning backyard.
In an announcement, Curran explains the confluence of the manufactured and natural themes:
This mythological, architectural, and astronomical convergence considers not solely the scientific and religious points of our connection to the pure world, but additionally our cultural legacy and the methods during which previous technological developments proceed to impression our lives and experiences right now. Additional, the reference to Janus acknowledges the twin nature of human progress, with all the optimistic and damaging implications it carries.
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